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2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/3/2014 Jason Udy

Vehicle Overview

In 2013, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe received substantial updates including a more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 and available 3.8-liter V-6. A new twin-scroll turbocharger and larger intercooler boost the 2.0-liter's power to 274 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque -- increases of 64 hp and 52 lb-ft, respectively. Now with direct injection, the 3.8-liter produces 348 hp and 295 lb-ft -- up 42 hp and 29 lb-ft. Other changes include an available eight-speed automatic (replacing the six-speed auto), retuned suspension, and revised -- if polarizing -- styling. A six-speed manual is still standard.

In our $28K high-performance two-door comparison, the 2013 Genesis Coupe came in sixth place behind the Volkswagen GTI, Ford Mustang V-6, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Scion FR-S, and Subaru BRZ. We said, "Hyundai has built a better Gen Coupe, but many of our initial quibbles about the car are still there, though less noticeable now. The exterior styling and ride quality are more than up to snuff, but the interior ambiance, drivetrain, and steering still need some fine-tuning."

In testing, the revised powertrains and retuned suspension improved performance. The 274-hp " 2013 Gen Coupe [2.0T R-Spec] would kill its predecessor in a drag race, at 5.7 seconds to 60 mph and 14.2 seconds at 98.4 mph in the quarter mile compared to the 2010's 6.8 seconds to 60 mph and 15.3 seconds at 90.9 mph in the quarter mile." Handling was also improved: The new car did the figure eight "in 25.5 seconds at 0.69 g and a 0.97 g of lateral grip, while the 2010 model ran 26.8 seconds at 0.65 g with a 0.91 lateral g." The 348-hp 2013 Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track was also quicker than its predecessor. "The 2013, at 5.2 seconds, chopped six-tenths off the [0-60 mph] time from the last 2011 3.8 Track we tested. The 2013 also ran through the quarter mile in just 13.9 seconds at 102.2 mph, which is 0.3-second quicker and 1.8-mph faster than before… Running a time of 25.5 seconds at 0.76 g (avg), the 2013 3.8 Track proved 0.2-second quicker than its predecessor."

Fuel economy is EPA-rated 17-19/27 mpg city/highway for the 2.0-liter with the eight-speed auto and six-speed manual, respectively, and 16/24-25 mpg for the 3.8-liter with the six-speed and eight-speed, respectively. The 2014 Hyundai Genesis Coupe has a five-star rollover safety rating (out of a possible five stars) from the NHTSA (it hasn't been fully evaluated). It hasn't been tested by the IIHS for safety.

New for 2014

Despite its 2013 refresh, the 2014 Genesis Coupe has received several updates including hill-start assist and carbon-coated synchronizers in the manual transmission, engine-intake sound pipe for 2.0-liter turbo models, and enhanced seat bolsters on R-Spec models. Other changes include standard foglights, cruise control, auto-dimming inside mirror with HomeLink, heated mirrors, and floormats. The navigation system has been revised, and five new exterior colors are available.

You'll Like

  • Lots of content for the price
  • Impressive acceleration and handling numbers
  • Exterior styling

You Won't Like

  • Ho-hum interior
  • Drivetrain and steering feel
  • Exterior styling

Key Competitors

  • Chevrolet Camaro V-6
  • Ford Mustang V-6
  • Honda Accord Coupe
  • Mazda MX-5 Miata
  • Scion FR-S
  • Subaru BRZ

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